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'Party Down' Star Heads to 'Happy Endings,' World Series Hero Books 'Work It' Role & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 10th 2011 3:30PM
Ryan HansenYear of Penny continues! 'Party Down' and 'Veronica Mars' star Ryan Hansen will guest star on 'Happy Endings,' according to TVLine.

Hansen, who most recently starred in NBC's short-lived 'Friends With Benefits,' will play a new beau Penny attempts to help out in the style department.

In other casting news ...

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Actors in Limbo: Second Position Pilot Role Breakdown

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 5th 2011 11:00AM
Becki Newton, Martin HendersonWhat do Martin Henderson, Becki Newton, Ryan Hansen and Rachelle Lefevre have in common? Well, they're all actors with pilot roles in second position to their current series gigs.

It's not strange for an actor to a take a pilot role in second position to a ratings-challenged series. However, what's pretty strange is both Lefevre and Henderson currently star in 'Off the Map' and have both been tapped for NBC's 'The Crossing.'

According to Deadline, the post-Civil War drama will see Henderson as Jason, a soldier who treks across the country and winds up in a town that welcomes him as a savior. Lefevre will play a war widow in the Missouri town Henderson's character settles in.

Does NBC know something we don't? Are they just not that into 'The Crossing' or do they just really love 'Off the Map'? We may never know.

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Jenna Elfman Eyes Return to TV, Christina Ricci in Talks for 'Pan Am' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 23rd 2011 11:00AM
Jenna Elfman Eyes Return to TV, Christina Ricci in Talks for 'Pan Am' and More Casting NewsJenna Elfman is in talks to join ABC's 'Bad Mom' pilot.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the 'Dharma and Greg' star will play Julia, a single mom of two. Julia's mother did the majority of raising the kids, but when grandma decides she wants her life back, Julia has to raise her kids alone.

Sharon Horgan, a British actress and writer, created the series and will executive produce the pilot.

In other casting news ...

Christina Ricci is in talks to join 'Pan Am.' The 1960s-set soap follows pilots and flight attendants at the once-prominent airline. Ricci recently popped up on 'Saving Grace' and had a guest arc on 'Grey's Anatomy.' [Hollywood Reporter]

'V' star Morena Baccarin is heading to 'The Mentalist.' Baccarin will play Erica Flynn, a matchmaker. The character is "attractive and sexy woman who seems as warm-hearted, sincere, and intelligent as she is lovely." [Entertainment Weekly]

'Party Down' star Ryan Hansen has joined the cast of 'Lovelines.' Hansen, who has another romantic comedy at NBC called 'Friends With Benefits' that has yet to air, will play Tim, a professor who isn't quite honest with his girlfriend. The pilot is in second position behind 'Friends With Benefits.' [Deadline Hollywood]

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Jimmy Smits, Kathy Bates Series Picked Up by NBC; 'Mercy,' 'Trauma' Canceled

by Andrew Scott, posted May 14th 2010 3:25PM
Jimmy SmitsOn the heels of 'Law & Order's' cancellation, NBC announced today that it has picked up four new series for next season -- three dramas and one comedy -- and will be parting ways with newbie medical dramas 'Mercy' and 'Trauma.'

Among the dramas headed to the Peacock net is 'The Cape,' starring 'ER's' David Lyons as a policeman who is framed for a series of murders and is forced to go into hiding. Determined to be reunited with his family, Lyons' character becomes his son's favorite superhero ('The Cape') and quickly "takes the law into his own hands."

Meanwhile, 'West Wing' alum Jimmy Smits will return to the network in the drama 'Outlaw,' about a Supreme Court justice who quits his job to go work for the little man.

Rounding out the list of dramas is the latest legal series from David E. Kelley ('The Practice'; 'Ally McBeal'), 'Harry's Law.' The show stars Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates as a lawyer who unexpectedly starts her own firm with characters portrayed by Brittany Snow and Ben Chaplin.

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'Party Down' - 'Jackal Onassis Backstage Party' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 23rd 2010 10:30PM

(S2E01) Lydia: "Me and Escapade left him back in Wapato." Casey: "Escapade? That's your ... car?" Lydia: "My daughter, the future star."

It's hard watching 'Party Down' knowing that this show will likely not be back for a third season. But, set aside all the casting news -- virtually all of the cast is committed to new pilots and series star Adam Scott is going to 'Parks and Recreation' -- and 'Party Down' is just as enjoyable as it was last season. The writing remains sharp and quick, while the sardonic wit that makes this show so special continues to flourish.

The season 2 premiere finds the caterers backstage at a concert of the fictional rocker Jackal Onassis (Jimmi Simpson). Henry (Adam Scott) has been promoted to team leader and Ron (Ken Marino) is no longer with the team, but runs into them at the concert. Kyle (Ryan Hansen) and Roman (Martin Starr) are still there, not finding much success in their careers yet.

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TV Casting: Lorraine Bracco to Guest on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 31st 2010 12:15PM
Lorraine BraccoLorraine Bracco ('The Sopranos') has reportedly booked a guest spot on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.' In the episode airing this summer, the Oscar and Emmy nominee will play a "woman who cares for foster children." Last night, 'Criminal Intent' had its ninth-season premiere on USA. [TV Guide]

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Megan Mullally gets ready to Party Down

by Kona Gallagher, posted Sep 2nd 2009 7:01PM
megan mullallyNow this is some casting news I can get behind. After the disastrous In the Motherhood, Megan Mullally is returning to television-- on a show that's actually funny! Mullally is set to join the cast of the amazing Party Down, a Starz original from Veronica Mars creator, Rob Thomas.

Mullally is replacing Jane Lynch, whose role as Sue Sylvester on Glee has been bumped up from recurring character to series regular. She plays "Lydia Dunfree, who leaves her small town and her failed marriage to help her 13-year-old daughter Escapade achieve her dream of becoming an actress. In addition to working as a cater-waiter for Party Down, Lydia is looking for Mr. Right."

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